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Sofia Karim 

ARB, MA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch

Sofia Karim has practiced architecture for over 20 years at studios including Norman Foster’s in London and Peter Eisenman’s in New York. Her practice combines architecture, visual art, and activism.

The incarceration of her uncle (photographer and activist Shahidul Alam) led to the development of her theories on an ‘Architecture of Disappearance’.  She explores architecture as a language of struggle and resistance.

Her activism focuses on human rights across Bangladesh and India. She campaigns for the release of imprisoned artists and political prisoners. She is the founder of Turbine Bagh, a joint artists’ movement against fascism and authoritarianism and platform for political art and activism.


She was a finalist for Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics, in 2021.

She has exhibited at galleries and museums including Tate Modern (London), V&A (London), Rubin Museum (NY),  Wrightwood 659 (Chicago) and as part of Documenta 15 (Steidl/ Kunsthaus Göttingen).

Her work has been presented at Harvard University, Cambridge University and featured in publications including The Observer, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Architectural Review, The Art Newspaper and British Journal of Photography. She has appeared on BBC World News, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera and Sky News. 


She lectures on architecture and is a visiting critic at Westminster school of Architecture. 




Herbert Museum, Coventry (February - November 2023)

Rencontres d’Arles / Editions JOJO/ Double Dummy Studios/ Arthshila Trust - July 2023

Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (Jameel Prize) - June 2023 - January 2024

Tate Modern (Turbine Bagh as part of Richard Bell's Embassy Tent Weekend) - May 2023

Franklin Rawson Museum, San Juan, Argentina (Jameel Prize) - September to November 2022


Kunsthaus Göttingen / Documenta 15 - June to September 2022


Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden - September 2022


CCLM, Santiago, Chile (Jameel Prize) - March 2022


V&A, London (Jameel Prize) - September 2021


Wrightwood 659, Chicago - October 2021


Northeastern University, Boston - October 2021


Peckham 24, London - September 2021


Format Photo Festival - April 2021


South Asia Institute, Chicago - March 2021


Asia Society, Houston - Feb 2021


Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London - March 2020 & October 2018


Exhibit 320, Delhi - February 2020


Rubin Museum, New York - November 2019

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